PM Hun Sen Recalls His Sacrifice for Country’s Liberation from Genocide Regime

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Phnom Penh, June 20, 2019 –Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen this morning posted a message on his Facebook page to mark the 42nd anniversary of his first decision to liberate Cambodian people from the genocide regime of Khmer Rouge.

“Today, June 20, 2019 is the 42nd anniversary of the day that I decided with pain to use my life to invest in the struggle to rescue the Cambodian people from the Pol Pot genocide regime (June 20, 1977-June 2019),” he said.

The Premier continued that even though now, he and the Cambodian people are living in happiness, he has never forgotten the time when he left the country and the people who were suffering, especially his poor pregnant wife. “I had no better choice because we could not ask for pity from the Pol Pot group. It was that risky and tearful choice had brought about happiness and progress [to the country] until currently,” he added.

On June 20 1977, Samdech Techo Hun Sen, along with four comrades, fled Cambodia to Vietnam through Tonloung commune, Memut district, Kampong Cham province (currently Thbong Khmum province), to form a movement to liberate Cambodia and its people. In 1978, Samdech Techo Hun Sen became a founding member of the United Front for the National Salvation of Kampuchea (UFNSK).

In collaboration with other patriotic movements and with the support of Vietnamese volunteer forces, on Jan. 7, 1979, the UFNSK rescued Cambodia and its people from the genocidal regime of Democratic Kampuchea.